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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

7- God, His Qualities And Works

 

1- God, His Qualities And Works

St-Takla.org         Image: Jesus Christ Pantocrator, Greek fresco صورة: السيد المسيح الضابط الكل (البانتوكراتور)، فريسكو يوناني

St-Takla.org Image: Jesus Christ Pantocrator, Greek fresco

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: السيد المسيح الضابط الكل (البانتوكراتور)، فريسكو يوناني

God is unseen, as John the evangelist said “No one has seen God” (John 1:18). Actually who can see the divinity? No one! However, in spite of this, you believe in Him with all your heart, and with all certainty. This faith does not at all rely on your physical senses. You may say you see Him with your trained spiritual senses (Heb.5:14). This non-physical senses were trained to see the unseen, and we have the following examples from the Bible:

David said “I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.” (Ps 16:8). So how did he see the Lord in front of him and at his right hand all

times? No doubt he saw Him with an eye of faith. In some of the translations it is written “I have seen the Lord....” that means that he is continuously seeing the unseen and focusing on Him with mind and feeling.

With the same meaning Elijah said “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand”(1 Kin 18:15). How was he able to feel that he stands before God? And how was he able to always see the Lord in front of him? Not through the bodily senses since they can not arouse a believer's heart, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. But it is by faith that the Lord is before him. It is faith that sees the unseen.

If you are in faith, you will have confidence that God is always before you and will act according to this belief, that God sees you and hears you...

If you live in faith, you are sure that God is in the midst of His people, according to His promise “...I am there in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20) and “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt.28:20). You do not see Him with the eye of your body, but you believe that He is in our midst. You do not need to see Him physically to believe. You believe without seeing, or you perceive the unseen.

What is a spiritual life my brothers and sisters? It is not simply a shift from what is felt and visible to the unseen.

We live the unseen with confidence that He is in front of us. This becomes the difference between the believer and the non-believer.

The non-believer desires to see everything with his eyes, or else he can not believe. The believer does not allow his eyes, senses, or external happenings shape his beliefs. But his heart believes in the existence of unseen matters. On one occasion, God rebuked His disciple Thomas who would not believe without seeing when God said to him “Do not be unbelieving, but believing”, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:27,29).

We mentioned earlier, faith in God is among the conviction of unseen matters. Not only faith in the existence of God but also faith in His attributes and in His works.

You believe in His goodness and choices for your good, the almighty who has dominion over all things. You believe that He is able to do everything, for “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27), and you believe in God's love for you and for others.

You may not see all these qualities physically, but you believe in them. You believe that God takes care of the universe, and preserves its beauty. You believe that He labours and takes care of every individual. You will either see His work or the results of His work or you will not see anything at all.


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